Pomo Canyon Trail Red Hill Trail Loop from Shell Beach

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Pomo Canyon Trail Red Hill Trail Loop from Shell Beach is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jenner, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,594 feet Route Type: Loop

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wild flowers

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no dogs

An old California ranch overlooking the coast and Jenner headlands. Red Hill provides a series of trails climbing the tallest ridge just south of the Russian River on the coast. This exposed landscape of grasslands and chaparral provides plenty of sweeping vistas overlooking the mouth of the Russian River watershed out to Jenner, coastlines down to Bodega Head, and some great overlooks into Willow Creek. The hike includes some long and steady uphill segments right from the start with the only level areas along the ridge between the Hill and Willow Creek and the upper meadows. There's plenty of variety to break up the view and provide surprises when rounding knolls. Dropping down into Willow Creek is via a fairly steep trail through an amazing stretch of mixed and Redwood forest lush with ferns on the ground. Overall, a great walk. A partnership between Sonoma County and the State Park Systems recently added Willow Creek to the group of parks called Sonoma Coast State Beach. The "Beach" is actually a series of beaches separated by bluffs and headlands extending 17 miles from Bodega Head to a point 4 miles north of Jenner.

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10 days ago

This trail is by far my favorite in Sonoma county, you get it all- redwoods, beach and vistas. ❤️

hiking
11 days ago

Great day hike, look out for the poison oak - make sure you go canyon first and back red hill trail

hiking
20 days ago

Coast, rolling hills, redwoods. Great variety of scenery. Would consider this on the easier side of moderate. Pretty much had the trail to ourselves besides the 3 people we saw and 2 snakes.

hiking
28 days ago

Sweeping views of the ocean and Russian River estuary. The incline is not too bad. If you do the loop over red hill, go clockwise, since it has better views coming down.

hiking
30 days ago

Nice coastal hike with trailhead right off of hwy 1. Parked at the shell beach lot where they have a well maintained vault bathroom. Steady ascent and no shade for large portions but we felt a nice breeze for the majority of this hike. Opted to go counterclockwise and was not dissapointed. Lovely rolling hills, views of the coastline and wildflowers everywhere. Lots of mud on pomo canyon trail but pretty easy to walk around most of it. Poles will help. Diverse scenery and steady elevation make for enjoyable hike. Some tall grass but pretty well maintained and wide trails. Sunscreen recommended.

1 month ago

Not a difficult hike. Muddy at points, but nothing a good pair of hiking boots can't handle. Saw at least 3 snakes so be aware. Take note of the tiny, beautiful wildflowers around you!

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1 month ago

Great trail, has it all. Coastal views, rver and valleys, walk through the forest. Great trail for people who don't like walking on narrow cliff trails. A little muddy but it should dry out soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Friday mid-day, saw 3 people in 2 1/2 hours. Tons of wildflowers, brought lunch and ate at the junction. Fantastic hike.

Trails in very good condition. Lots of wildflowers!

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over grown
2 months ago

Red Hill trail is dry and has wild flowers.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful hike. The uphill segments are gradual, and there is a nice balance between exposed and shaded sections of the trail. Rolling hills, Redwoods, and Pacific views. What more could you want? Highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Bring water and pack a lunch. Beautiful moderate hike where you’re in the forest then you climb up and see the Pacific Ocean.

hiking
3 months ago

great 2 1/2 hour hike at reasonable pace. hike towards Pomo Canyou first then Redhill for loop.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun for the whole family top trail was dry but bottom was muddy

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muddy
over grown
3 months ago

Good trail the hike up was very steep but fun

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Not hard. Good views.

Because of the heavy rain in recent weeks it is a little muddy going up to red hill via Pomo Canyon trail, but on a bike it’s easy to avoid. I would recommend this loop to any hiker or mountain biker who loves to be challenged without it being so difficult that it takes the fun out of it. Amazing 360 degree views of the coast and the forests behind you from the top of red hill.

5 months ago

Great views. Just hard enough to make you feel like you have had a good hike.

5 months ago

Pomo Canyon part is very muddy right now! Still a great hike.

6 months ago

6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Make sure to do the little steep out and back section to the campgrounds. It was very lush and green with all the fern.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views from atop Redhill, but we did miss the right hand turn and walked through the forest then looped back around to find our error. No signs, just a small Cairn. The best views are stop Redhill. We then continued on to Pomo and the small campgrounds. Turned back and did the bottom loop which doesn’t have the views like the top section. 12 kms all up, from Shell Beach Trail head. It’s a good work out too.

hiking
7 months ago

A great trail! lots of variations in the terrain. the views were amazing and was perfect with some up hill and down hills. will do this one again maybe running it. 6.7 mile loop.

7 months ago

We parked on willow creek road and hiked up Pomo canyon and back which was awesome. We hiked up through the redwoods, through the golden valley to enjoy vistas of the ocean as we neared Shell Beach. We stopped off at the rock overlook and enjoyed some snacks before heading back the way we came. Next time we’ll check out Red Hill; it was getting close to sunset so we stayed on what we knew to ensure we hiked out with plenty of light.

9 months ago

GREAT TRAIL. ENJOYABLE THINGS TO LOOK AT. WOULD HIKE AGAIN.

10 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous

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